New Doom trailer and beta invite you to go to hell
After a decade absence from the video game realm, Bethesda Softworks and id Software are planning on bringing back Doom to the forefront of gaming in just a few short weeks. At this point it's hard to say if the public will grasp on to the return of the first person shooter king (although considering how good it looks at this point, we certainly hope they do), but Bethesda seems to be pulling out all the stops so far when it comes to its promotional circuit.
And like all big first person shooters, that means the inevitable release of a an action packed, "live action" trailer. Because what better way to sell a virtual interactive experience than a piece of film, right? To be fair though, these live action trailers are so CGI heavy that they really skirt the definition of the term. In any case, the trailer features the old standards: fast movements, big monsters, the direction of an actual Hollywood name (in this case, Tron Legacy's Joseph Kosinski), and a screaming metal soundtrack -- what more could you want?
And hey, look at the bright side -- at least a trailer like this won't cause viewers to instantly demand a Doom movie. We all remember what happened the last time that happened, right? On top of all of that hardcore heavy metal PR, the closed beta for Doom is under way, and I am a part of it, and let's just say it's pretty great. You had to buy the new Wolfenstein to have gotten in, but if you happen to stumble onto a code for it, the beta is on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and ends on Sunday, April 3, at 11:59pm ET.
This game is nothing but gore, action, guns, explosions, zombies, aliens, demons, Mars, and shooting. With a heavy metal soundtrack. That's right up my alley, but is not for everyone. But, for now, this is a good start on the hype train, so if you're looking forward to the reboot, it hits stores on May 13th.